i'm currently sitting in the airport waiting to board a plane that will take me to paradise....navarre beach, florida! as one of "florida's best kept secrets," it has emerald coast lines with white sand that soothes your feet as you frolick across it. my family has been traveling to this same destination for the last twenty years, and i love it more and more every year we go!!!! (words really cant express how excited i am for our trip this time, because its the beginning of may and the warmest it's been around here is in the 40's! and it's constantly raining!)
so on to the reason for this post.... i'm sitting here snacking on my traveling trail mix and i just couldn't wait any longer to share this recipe with you. it's fantastic to snack on while traveling, and every time i prepare it for a trip i think about how i need to make it just to have on hand at the house for "quick-pick-me-ups" and delicious breakfasts....however i haven't gotten around to that yet, so this is strictly traveling trail mix. for now.
TRAVELING TRAIL MIX
there are endless ways to give the base of this trail mix any flavor combination you wish. i'm already thinking of how to make this in savory, garlicky and spicy varieties. posts to follow:) this trail mix is slightly sweet with a vanilla background and a cinnamon twist. it's crunchy and chewy....and down right addicting. snack on it as it is, or enjoy it in a bowl with almond mylk.
TRAVELING TRAIL MIX
3 c almonds
2 c walnuts
1/4-1/2 c water
1/4 c honey
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
1 tbs ground cinnamon
2 tsp sea salt
*pulse the almonds in your food processor until they are crumbly, leaving some big chunks in there. empty into a big bowl. pulse the walnuts in your food processor until they are crumbly, leaving some big chunks in there too and add them to the almonds.
*peel the apples. place three of them in your food processor. chop the other one into bite size pieces and drop it off at the party with the nuts.
*pour the honey, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt (1/4 tsp of ground cloves would be great in this, but i didn't have any!) into the food processor. run your processor, streaming the water in as necessary to achieve a smooth liquid.
*pour the apple mixture over the nuts and toss everything really well. lay on teflex sheets and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 24 hours.
*add raisins or any other dried fruit to the mix to complete it's powerful addictive properties. store in an airtight container, or ziploc bag for traveling. if it survives the hungry fingers of those traveling with you, this snack will last indefinitely.
this recipe requires the use of a dehydrator, but for those of you who don't have one, you could leave the mix in your oven on the lowest setting, with the door open for 12 hours-ish, or until it's thoroughly dried out. i've had a few people ask me "why dehydrate?" lately, so i will be trying to persuade you of their awesomeness in the near future. until then.....off to florida!